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Listening / Viewing: Majid Jordan – Every Step Every Way


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Piece in Brief: Shovel Chair by Paul McCobb

Shovel Chair by Paul McCobb

Shovel Chair by Paul McCobb

Shovel Chair by Paul McCobb

At first glance, you might mistake this spindle-back chair for mid-century Italian, but it is, in fact, the 1950s work of Massachusetts-born Paul McCobb. Though the “Shovel” chair, as it is often referred to (in reference to the seat shape) may be one of McCobb’s less celebrated pieces, it is certainly a distinctive design.

Originally intended as a dining chair, and part of McCobb’s Planner Group (manufactured by Wenchendon) line of furniture, the design works very well as a side chair in modern interiors. With a sculpted solid maple seat, the chair features twelve turned maple back supports, with framework and a base of wrought iron.

Paul McCobb briefly studied art, drawing, and painting at Vesper George School of Art, but had no formal design training; he first came to prominence in 1948 as a design and decorating consultant for Martin Feinman’s Modernage Furniture in New York City. While employed at Modernage, McCobb met B. G. Mesberg, his later business partner in the Planner and Directional furniture lines. McCobb went on to become one of the important names in mid-century design, and created some of the most iconic mid-century furniture pieces. Planner Group was among the best selling contemporary furniture lines of the 1950s, and was in continuous production from 1949 to 1965, not to mention, copied extensively. Though best known for his furniture designs, McCobb also designed radios and televisions for CBS-Columbia, Hi-Fi Consoles for Bell & Howell, as well as other household items.

You can find single chairs or sets of the McCobb Shovel chair online through vintage dealers or eBay.

Photos: 1stDibs (Original Berlin)

Føroyar by Kevin Faingnaert

Føroyar by Kevin Faingnaert

Føroyar by Kevin Faingnaert

Føroyar by Kevin Faingnaert

Føroyar by Kevin Faingnaert

Føroyar by Kevin Faingnaert

Føroyar by Kevin Faingnaert

Føroyar by Kevin Faingnaert

Føroyar by Kevin Faingnaert

Published by Another Place Press, Kevin Faingnaert’s Føroyar is a photo essay in book form, about life in the sparsely populated villages of the Faroe Islands, the archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, halfway between Norway and Iceland.

In 2016, the Belgian photographer immersed himself within the Faroese lifestyle and community. On capturing the essence of this enigmatic, remote place, Kevin said: “Here, across swathes of snow-veiled landscapes and bordered by the dramatic coastline, villages are slowly dropping into decline as more and more of their inhabitants are emigrating from the islands in pursuit of greater opportunities. Though at times lonely and perpetually freezing, I learned to appreciate the small, simple comforts of life – listening to stories told in the welcoming warmth of Faroese homes, the sound of songs against the roaring backdrop of the sea, and my memorable encounter with a message-in-a-bottle collector on the beach. In these clear and pristine landscapes, where villages with populations as low as ten huddle together on the edge of cliffs, I tried to reveal a community hanging on firmly to their roots and traditions, while underlining that one day these villages must inevitably disappear,”

More at: Kevin Faingnaert

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